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Portland, OR: Devils Rest

In 6.2 miles, you’ll visit two waterfalls and climb through old-growth forest to a wooded summit above the Columbia River Gorge.

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Start at the Wahkeena Falls Trailhead, and hike west for 450 feet to a switchback that swings to the east. At .2 mile, the trail crosses a stone bridge next to Wahkeena Falls, a 242-foot waterfall that cascades down lush cliffs. As the trail climbs steadily through old-growth forest, you’ll pass several points that offer views across the Columbia Gorge into Washington. The second waterfall of the day, Fairy Falls, comes into view at mile 1. The trail leaves the Wahkeena Creek drainage 200 feet later, winds north, and ascends a ridge to Devils Rest Trail. From here, it’s a 1.5-mile climb to the top of Devils Rest, a wooded outcropping with limited views. Drop your pack and enjoy the scenery before following the same route back to the trailhead.
Mapped by Trung Q. Le

To Trailhead

Take I-84 E to exit 28 (toward Bridal Veil). Merge onto E. Bridal Veil Rd. In .3 mile, bear left onto Historic Columbia River Hwy. Go 2.5 miles to the Wahkeena Falls parking area.

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